Drivers in Gloucester are being asked to help keep roadsides clear of rubbish after a clean up saw over three tonnes collected.

It took city council crews two days to clear the rubbish from the side of the A40 Northern bypass in Gloucester. In fact, with the weight of the average car weighing two tonnes, crews collected the equivalent of almost two cars of trash.

The clean up followed complaints from residents about the amount of litter lining the roads leading into the city.

The first clean up targeted a stretch of road from the A38 roundabout at Longford to the junction with the A417 at Over.

A further one is planned for later this month, to clear rubbish thrown from cars along the rest of the A40 as it passes Gloucester.

In a previous rubbish collection, a stretch of the A38 through Quedgeley saw almost a tonne of litter cleaned up.

The clean ups were organised by the city council following concerns that the rubbish was creating a negative impression for people coming into the city.

Cllr Richard Cook, cabinet member for environment at Gloucester City Council: “We know that obviously some of the rubbish thrown won’t be from motorists that live in the city and it is only a minority of people that think this is acceptable behaviour but unfortunately it is residents’ taxes that will go towards paying for this.

“People need to think twice before dropping litter. The council is spending a great deal of money on dealing with this problem that could be better spent elsewhere on improving the city for everyone.”

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